The revival of martial arts films in recent years is the result of increasing commercialism in the Chinese film industry, says Jia Leilei, director of the culture strategy research centre at the China Academy of Art. There were only a handful of martial arts films among the total 260 produced on the Chinese mainland last year. But all attracted big budgets, and involved grand spectacles and sizeable box office takings….
Since Bruce Lee, kung fu has invaded mainstream Hollywood, most noticeably through Jackie Chan in Rush Hour, Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies, Jet Li in The One, and even Lucy Liu in Charlie’s Angels. [Full Text]